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Prof. Avi Hefetz
Director of head and neck surgery and oncology unit

"At the clinic I act as I do in life and speak with patients with eye level contact. It is important for me that the work environment will be friendly and relaxed, and include humor from time to time. I believe that humor relieves tension, especially during the first visit where the patient hears about the need for surgery, and it makes it easier in the decision making process and choosing between significant choices"

Prof. Avi Hefetz is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. After five years of service as a physician and commander in the army, he completed a residency at the ENT Department in Kaplan Hospital. During residency, he was accepted to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Center in New York, where he spent a year conducting “head and neck research”, in addition to clinical practice.

Following residency, he was accepted to one of the leading departments in the United States, recognized by the American Board of Head and Neck Surgery. For two years, he specialized in oncologic head and neck surgery at Oklahoma University, working under one of the world-leading head and neck surgeons (E Jesus Medina). After returning to Israel, he was appointed a senior head and neck surgeon – at the ENT and Head and Neck Surgery department in Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov).

During the last twenty years, he has been providing treatments to patients with head and neck tumors. This includes: diagnosis of tumors, various surgical removals of tumors and referral of patients to adjuvant oncological treatment and/or, if necessary, surgery-replacement treatment. In recent years, Prof. Hefetz has performed thousands of head and neck surgeries at Assuta. Among his patients have been a number of celebrities, including Prof. Yakir Aharonov (an Israel Prize laureate and nominee for the Nobel Prize in Physics, as well as holder of a US National Medal of Science. Prof.r Yakir underwent glossectomy and tongue reconstruction with a free flap and has been healthy for several years since the surgery), the model and actress Adi Himelbloy (who underwent thyroidectomy and cervical dissection), the celebrity Orit Rahamim (who underwent resection of a tumor in the thyroid that expanded into the chest), and many others.

To date, Prof. Avi Hefetz has published approximately 60 scientific articles in medical literature worldwide, and delivered approximately 60 presentations at professional conferences in Israel and worldwide. In addition, he has authored multiple publications in newspapers and appeared on television as an expert in his field.
Former senior lecturer on ENT medicine at Tel Aviv University.
In November 2009, Prof. Hefetz was elected as the chairman of the Israeli Society of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, a role he held till 2013.

He was recently appointed as an adviser to the Israel Cancer Association in the field of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology.

Together with Prof. Roee Landsberg and Prof. Michal Luntz, Prof. Hefetz founded the A.R.M Center in 2009.

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Chairman emeritus of the Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Society
  • Member of the union of ENT doctors in Israel
  • Member of the union of head and neck surgeons in the United States
  • Member of INHSG, an international forum of senior head and neck surgeons engaged in the advancement of medical care of head and neck patients.


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Key Treatment Areas

  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Upper jaw tumors
  • Tongue and pharyngeal tumors
  • Cervical dissection
  • Oral cancer treatment
  • Parathyroid gland resection (parathyroidectomy)
  • Tongue and pharynx tumor resection
  • Upper jaw tumor resection
  • Total or partial laryngectomy
  • Parathyroid gland diseases
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Oral cavity cancer
  • Vocal cord cancer

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Assuta Hospital, Ramat HaHayal, 20 HaBarzel St. Tel Aviv

Phone Number: 03-7645464 | Fax: 03-7645462

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